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This paper examines concurrent research findings from Deloitte Consulting and PriceWaterhouseCoopers indicating that business leaders are focusing on leveraging current labor investments in order to position their organizations in anticipation of an economic recovery. In the past few years businesses have conducted extensive layoffs while eliminating salary increases and employer 401(k) contributions. To remain profitable as they await a more favorable economic climate, leaders are focusing on leveraging workforce resources to increase productivity and competitiveness. This paper identifies their main areas of focus.